My college and me just started a blog using www.skolbloggen.se and the blog-tool word-press. Our first thought was that parents could use it to get information such as weekly letters, letters from our principal and letters from the pupils.
Then we came across a competition (I read about it on twitter) from http://www.webbstjarnan.se. Webbstjärnan offers school-people to get a .se address for a year and then the school is going to maintain it due to different criteria. The criteria that are for everyone is:
- There is a teacher connected to the website
- The main page has webbstjärnas logo on it
- The page has a “about” page that presents the entries
We got the address http://spindlarna.se and told our group of year 1 pupils about it. They got very interested. Our thought with the old page is the same but for the new page we have a new idea. It is all about showing what the pupils learn in school. The blog posts are written mostly by pupils but now and then my college and I write as well.
We have divided our group in writing-teams of 2 or 3 pupils. We use these teams a lot in different group activities. Every week one of the teams writes a blog post about what they have learned during the week. They also chose a picture from our weekly photo-bank. This way the pupils get to reflect and think back to what they have learned. They also get a chance to discuss it with their teammate and argue for their case.
Another benefit with using a blog is that the pupils can spread the page-address to their family, relatives and friends. I work in a multi-cultured area and most of my pupils have relatives and friends that live abroad. They don’t get a chance to see or speak to each other but thanks to our blog they can still be a part of the pupils life. They can also leave a comment about our work. Due to the debate and the problem with Internet bullying we have locked the commentary field so that a teacher must approve the comment before it gets published.
I can really recommend you to use a blog. It is fun! It makes the pupils more involved with their learning. If you think that you aren’t good at using computers don’t worry. There are instruction videos and information texts available in each blog-tool. And you can always ask your colleges or your pupils for help.